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Executive Managing Editors

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Lizi Dawes

Executive Managing Editor

​Lizi launched her career dealing with prestige brands, giving her the drive and ambition to provide excellent experiences and a high level of customer service. This, combined with a passion for organisation and administration, led Lizi into the academic world of peer review journals. 
She has now been working with peer-reviewed academic journals since 2010, managing several different titles using ScholarOne and Editorial Manager.
Lizi now dedicates her time to PA Editorial’s team of Managing Editors. 
She specialises in training for more intricate workflows, upgrading and updating systems to ensure they work hard for all concerned.

Patricia Anderson

Executive Managing Editor

Patricia’s early career revolved around organisation and administration within the private sector. Through this she gathered the skills with which to start her own business, organising events and ensuring their smooth running. Opportunities then took her into the academic world, European research projects and finally into publishing. Through this, she entered the virtual world of editorial offices. 
Working independently, Patricia transitioned several journals from paper-based organisation onto computerised submission systems. She has a wealth of experience in editorial management, spanning over 20 years.


Senior Managing Editors

Sarah Hands

Sarah Hands graduated from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. She then undertook a PhD in Biophysics and Microbiology at The University of Nottingham. She subsequently completed five years of postdoctoral research at The University of Southampton. Sarah is now a freelance Editorial Assistant and has performed a variety of roles in the peer review process for several different journals. She uses both ScholarOne and Editorial Manager.

In 2019 Sarah joined the management team as Senior Managing Editor, within this crucial role, she oversees and ensures the smooth running of over 30 journals.

Sadie Thrift

Sadie Thrift began her career working in Local Government. She later decided to change career paths and began working as a freelance Editorial Assistant, initially alongside her full-time Planning Assistant role. Since May 2013, she has worked as a full-time freelance Editorial Assistant, dealing with all aspects of the peer-review process.

In 2019 Sadie joined the management team and, in addition to the five journals she handles, she now expertly manages a team of ten specialists focusing on selecting and inviting reviewers for an Expert Selection of journals. 


Journal Management Team


Zoe Walker

Zoe Walker graduated from The University of Leeds. Possessing excellent interpersonal skills, she establishes and maintains strong customer relationships. In 2007, she decided to become a freelance Editorial Assistant. She now handles an additional two large journals for PA EDitorial Ltd.

Emma Fitzgerald

Emma graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics, later acquiring a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Biosciences. She then moved into a career in research management and development within a Higher Education setting. Emma is now an experienced Research Officer and Journal Manager. She possesses eight years’ experience of managing and coordinating research projects, services and support. She manages the peer review process for several national and international academic journals using the ScholarOne system.

Lizzie Phillimore-Rudd

Lizzie graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from Cardiff University in 2003. She gained experience in a variety of customer service and administrative roles before becoming an Editorial Assistant in 2008. In 2011, she decided to develop her career further by working in a freelance capacity.
Over the last ten years, Lizzie has dealt with all aspects of the peer-review process. She has handled journals of various sizes and complexities, both through using ScholarOne and Editorial Manager.

Jovie Anne Kennette Francisco

Jovie graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from Palawan State University. She then worked as a Virtual Editorial Assistant for a large BPO company in the Philippines. Here, she gained experience in the peer-review process for academic journals using ScholarOne and Editorial Manager. She began her career as a freelance Editorial Assistant in 2018.

Emma Steele

Emma Steele graduated from The University of Sunderland in 2008 with a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism. She began her career in magazine publishing as a Features Writer and Digital Editor, before moving into scholarly publishing. Having managed several large journal portfolios using ScholarOne, EES and EVISE, Emma has worked as an Editorial Assistant, Content Editor, Managing Editor and Publisher. She is now a Freelance Writer and continues to provide freelance journal support.

Samantha Ponton

Samantha graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology from The University of Glasgow. She has over seven years experience of working within STEM publishing, including managing the day-to-day running of journals, the peer review process, as well as copy editing and proofreading research articles. 
In addition, she has experience in marketing, organising events, and website and social media account management.

Tara Noonan

Tara Noonan graduated with an MSc in Film Studies from The University of Edinburgh in 2017. She has previously worked in peer review management at a large academic publisher. Based in Edinburgh, she now works part-time at the National Library of Scotland and joined the PA EDitorial team in July 2018.

Catriona Byres

Catriona graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences.  She began her career as a production editor for STM journals, progressing on to editorial roles in medical and veterinary books and journal publishing.  After 10 years in house, she began managing editorial offices for scholarly journals on a freelance basis. 
Catriona has expertise using various online peer review platforms, and many years of experience supporting editors, authors and reviewers through the peer review and publishing processes

Mark Hester

Mark Hester graduated from the University of Bristol. He has 21 years’ experience in the publishing industry. Having managed the journal office for two materials science journals at Elsevier, he then moved into electronic production for both Elsevier and Blackwell Science, before editing a suite of oil and energy journals for Wiley. More recently, he has worked for publishing service providers Atypon, Ingenta and Kudos, and also spent six years in client development for Aries, gaining a comprehensive knowledge of Editorial Manager.

Paula Potter

Paula graduated from Cardiff University with a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology; she launched her career working on communication projects and then implemented the ISO9000 programme within a telecoms company.
In 2007 she began working as a freelance Editorial Assistant and has managed the peer review process on a variety of journals; specialising in maths journals after gaining comprehensive knowledge of TeX and LaTeX. In addition to journal management, Paula has experience carrying out additional journal roles such as maintaining society websites and membership databases. She in is proficient with ScholarOne but also works on the smaller Scholastica submission system.

Jac Keron

Jac graduated from The University of Dundee with a MA (Hons) in Environmental Science and Geography in 2011 and a MSc the following year in Environmental Remote Sensing with GIS.
After graduating, she joined a local publishing company where she managed the peer-review process of several Wiley journals for 6 years, as well as copy-editing and proofreading medical research reports.
Based in Scotland, she is now working as a freelancer in editorial services.

Delia Malim-Robinson

Delia graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in English and American Literature.  She has more than 30 years' experience in the publishing industry in the roles of copy-editor, proofreader and editorial office manager.  She has worked for clients including Blackwell Scientific Publications (now part of Wiley), Churchill Livingstone and Oxford University Press.  She is familiar with using ScholarOne and Cognos Reporting and prides herself on the excellent working  relationships she has built with academic editors and authors.

Josie Wyatt

Josie graduated from the University of St Andrews with a BSc (Hons) in Evolutionary Biology in 2015. After graduating she began her career in the publishing industry undertaking the following roles; Journal Manager; Peer review Management and Reviewer Selection, Proofreading and Copy-Editor.

Lou Thrift

Lou is an experienced STM publisher with a proven track record in relationship management and strategic journal development, she has an extensive background in science and law and has worked in academic publishing for over 20 years.

Lisa Brodsky

Lisa graduated from Pace University with a master’s degree in Publishing. She began her career as a production assistant for STM journals, progressing to Assistant then Associate Managing Editor.
Lisa has many years of experience working in the Scholarone platform and many years of experience supporting editors, authors, and reviewers through the peer review and publishing processes.

Lou Joseph

Lou graduated from the University of Makati in 2011 with a BA degree in Political Science. She gained experience in the peer review process when she worked as an Editorial Assistant for a BPO company in the Philippines where she managed several academic and clinical titles and handled multiple helpdesks for an international publishing company using ScholarOne and Editorial Manager. She joined PA EDitorial in February of 2019.

Debs Wardle

Debs has been working in scholarly publishing since 2007, she is proficient in the use of ScholarOne Manuscripts, Editorial Manager, and eJournalPress. Since going freelance full time in 2012, Debs has worked as a Managing Editor with several companies both in the US and UK.

Claudia Welburn

Claudia has worked in Academic publishing for the past 12 years, managing several publications and using multiple submission sites including ScholarOne, Editorial Manager and several bespoke publishing platforms. 
With a background in customer service and NVQ Level 4 qualification in Management, Claudia enjoys the challenge of academic peer review.
Claudia has also contributed to the ISMTE committee for 5 years, stepping down in 2019.


Copy Editing Team


Emma Louise Smith

Emma gained a BA (Hons) in English from The University of Southampton in 2002. She then went on to study for a PGCE in Primary Education. An OFSTED graded outstanding practitioner, she spent subsequent years teaching children aged 4-11. Her most recent classroom years were spent working within Senior Leadership at a Primary School in Hampshire. She is trained to Deputy Head level.
Now a freelance Copy Editor, Proofreader and Journal Manager, Emma is also a personal tutor in Maths, English and 11+ to both Primary and Secondary aged children. In addition, she reviews educational textbooks and materials for Bloomsbury Publishing. 

Julie Pinborough

Julie worked within the academic and legal profession for over eleven years. Her roles included Director of Clinical Legal Education, Law Lecturer and Magistrate.  She is the recipient of several Attorney General Awards for her work providing pro bono assistance to the local community.
Now a freelance copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter, Julie has expertise in educational materials, peer reviews, content management, and digital and social media content.